• Step-By-Step: Deploying Windows 8 Apps with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

    As of late Pierre Roman , Mitch Garvis , and I have enjoyed traveling the country delivering IT Pro Camps covering Windows 8 for Enterprise and Windows Server 2012 . We have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with those of like minds eager to learn new strategies around deployment, securing and managing infrastructure. We are also delighted to engage in conversations, usually sparked by attendees, sharing...
  • New Virtualization User Group in Calgary

    Hello Folks, I wanted to introduce you to a new User Group in Calgary. This group is focusing on Microsoft Virtualization technologies. It provides support for people interested in Microsoft Virtualization Technology and Cloud Computing. Members of the CVUG are very welcome from all over the world. Although you may not be able to make the meetings (you never know!) it will be great to have you...
  • Deployment & Management of Windows 8 Utilizing System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager

    MSDN Channel Nine has recently released a short video touching on the deployment and management of Windows 8 utilizing System Center ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 . My fellow Technical Evangelist, Kevin Remde , sat down with the Sr. Technical Product Manager for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, Martin Booth, to chat about Windows 8 operating system deployment, application deployment, endpoint protection...
  • Step-by-Step: Building a FREE System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Lab

    As mentioned in an earlier blog post, System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Intune and the BYOD Revolution , there are benefits to allowing users to supply their own smartphones and taking advantage of the BYOD trend. Proper planning and management is encouraged to ensure BYOD stays as a benefit as opposed to become a threat. While co-presenting alongside Mitch at a recent #CANITPRO camp, a request from...
  • Group Policy Troubleshooting Improvements in Server 2012/Windows 8

    Hello Folks, As you may know during the past few months we have been criss-crossing the country delivery a series of Windows Server 2012 camps in the following cities. Regina Montreal Ottawa Calgary Mississauga Toronto Waterloo Fredericton Vancouver Halifax Montreal Edmonton Winnipeg - March 7 (You can still register for this one) St. John's - March...
  • Windows Phone: Built for Business

    During a recent Edmonton Microsoft User Group meeting covering how Microsoft's System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 addresses the "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) trend, an interesting question was asked in regards to Windows Phone's ability to address business needs. When asked of the audience what devices were deemed "Built for Business" their presumed obvious answer...
  • Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

    In my last role as a Technical Account Manager supporting large corporate and public sector customers, I often had discussions regarding moving to the latest versions of Office. Funny enough, the answer in a lot of cases was not the ones I expected (licensing and/or cost). But the fact the training budgets were cut and that users needed more hand holding that the IT group could handle. This weekend...
  • My IT Guy was Hit by a Bus!

    I have known Sharon Bennett for a couple of years now, and enjoy her daily tech tips on Twitter ( @bennettbusiness ).  After reading her tip a few weeks ago I asked her if she would like to elaborate for a blog article, and she readily agreed. Sharon is a dedicated small business IT consultant with 18 years of technical experience under her belt. She prides herself on keeping up with the fast...
  • USB Keys Certified for Windows to Go Use

    A great question was asked at during today's #CANITPRO camp by an attendee: "Which USB keys has Microsoft certified for use with Windows To Go?" For those who are unaware, Windows To Go is a new Windows 8 enterprise feature enabling the creation of a Windows To Go workspace booted from a Microsoft certified USB key, regardless of the operating system running on the PC. Windows To Go...